The Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Camera Bag Review
Fun, fun, fun…It’s time for me to search for a new bag for my camera gear! I just sold my Billingham Leica bag through the buy/sell section here on this site and as much as I loved that bag (I had it for 4 years) I just outgrew it. I needed a new bag and I had a few things on my checklist of what this bag MUST have. I wanted a bag that I could keep for 10 years without the need to go bigger or buy anything better.
This was my checklist:
- It must hold more than the Billingham did which held my M9 and two lenses along with some SD cards, cables, charger. I needed something that would hold my M9 with up to 3-4 lenses as well as a compact camera and charger, cables, etc.
- It must be somewhat small and not much bigger than my Billingham. If it’s too huge I will not want to lug it out.
- It must offer good padding and protection for my gear.
- A pocket is a must for an Ipod, Iphone, etc.
- Finally, a nice strap so I can carry it around my body comfortably.
- It must be made well and withstand years of use.
- It can not be really ugly :)
While searching for a new bag I found some gorgeous bags from Billingham and Fogg but the prices were a bit high for my wallet at this time. I wanted to stay around the $100 mark and the one bag that kept popping up was the Crumpler “5 Million Dollar Home“. Crumpler makes a line of bags that range from tiny to large and these particular models (million dollar home line) have everything that I was looking for in a camera bag. If my budget was bigger I would have went with THIS bag.
The 5 million dollar home seemed like the perfect fit with its ability to hold my M9, up to 4 lenses and a few other necessities. When it arrived my 1st impression was that it was not nearly as cool looking as my Billingham and it was also not any bigger! Looked like I was going to be in need of an RA#! BUT, after closer inspection I realized that the bag had more room that it seemed and I ended up really liking the design and looks.
Here is a video of the bag…
The Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home
I packed in my M9, a 35 Summilux in the case as well as a 50 cron case. I still had room for two more lenses or a compact such as an Oly E-P2 and lens. I also had two pockets for cables, chargers, Ipod or whatever I wanted to stuff inside. Still, I read that the 6 million dollar home was only a little bigger but gave quite a bit more room so I placed an order for the 6 million dollar home in Grey/Red and that is set to arrive tomorrow! I will compare both side by side with all of my gear and see which one I will decide to keep.
I love the color of the interior padding and the padding is nice and thick for extra protection. There is also a nice pocket in the front though it does not seem like it will hold that much without making the bag bulky and fat.
The 5 Million Dollar Home is a very nice bag and the great thing is that it is fairly small. It IS indeed the perfect size for a Leica M and two lenses. It’s pretty much like a messenger bag though a little fatter. Crumpler says the bag is weather resistant but I would not say that it is rain proof. If you were out in a light rain you would be ok. In a heavy rain I would not trust that my equipment would not get wet thought it may keep it dry. I have not been out in a storm with it yet :)
Here are the specs from Crumpler:
- 900 denier, water-resistant nylon
- Lined with 300 denier ripstop nylon
- Padded and brushed nylon main compartment
- Two moveable dividers to customize the bag
- Plastic stiffening layer in base
- Two strap and 2 buckle closure
- • Touch fastener Silencer flap prevents the “hook and loop” closure from being used
- External pocket with internal mesh pocket
- Mesh zip pocket under flap
- Two hidden internal side pockets
- Carrying options
- Padded carry handle
- Attached, adjustable shoulder strap
The bag is nice and I may give this one to my son for his NIkon D5000 kit if I decide the 6 Million Dollar home fits my needs better. I could get by with the 5 million dollar home and honestly ,I feel it is one of the nicest bags I have ever owned. Its build is top notch, its padding is super protective and it’s small-ish size would make it an easy bag to carry for a long day of shooting.
Not much more I can say about it but here are some pros/cons:
- Very well made bag
- Padding inside is plentiful and will protect your gear nicely. Padding offers more protection that the Billingham but also bulks up the bag a bit.
- Nice design which makes for a bag you either LOVE or HATE the looks of :) I like it.
- Small with lots of room
- Comfortable to hold/wear
- Perfect for a Leica M with 2-4 lenses
- $90 is either a pro or con depending on what you want to pay for a bag. I think the price is right for what you get
- You may need more room if you want to carry a DSLR with a 3 lenses so I recommend going up in the million dollar line
- Obviously, the more you try to pack in, the more bulky the bag becomes.
- Not as luxurious as the Billingham or Fogg bags but much cheaper
- If you use the front Velcro for closing the bag it is very hard to open and it is LOUD. Luckily they added the “velcro silencer” which I used immediately.
Overall this is a great bag. If you want great protection and lots of room in a somewhat small package I can highly recommend the 5 Million Dollar Home. They also come in some great colors like Grey/Red, Black/Grey, Olive/Olive, Brown/Orange, Oatmeal/Red, Red/Red. If your budget is higher then a Billingham would be a gorgeous bag for your Leica kit.
B&H Sells this bag for $81.99 and they usually have most colors in stock. It is where I ordered mine and if you want to see all of the colors you can click here to go to the 5 Million Dollar Home page at B&H! Thanks for reading this overview of the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home camera bag!